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Avalon Tapestry II Cruise Review to River Cruises - Europe

Cruises: 2-3 cruises
Review: 1
Helpful Votes: 37

Overall rating:

4.8 out of 5
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Avalon Tapestry II

7 Night Paris To Normandy (Paris Roundtrip)

Sail date: October 27, 2018

Ship: Avalon Tapestry II

Cabin type: Suite

Cabin number: 312

Traveled as: Couple

Reviewed: 3 years ago

Review summary

We are a retired couple from Philadelphia. We have always enjoyed traveling and this was my dream trip. I choose the Seine cruise so that I could see Paris and my husband Normandy. Avalon is a wonderful line. The staff was wonderful in every way. All of the tour guides were enteraining and insightful. The staff was prepared for everything including bad weather. River cruising is a wonderful way to see at least part of a country. I highly recommend this cruise and Avalon.


5 out of 5
We were met at airport and had an easy transfer. We arrived a few hours early and they had a light lunch waiting for us. Our cabins were ready by a little after 2:00PM which was earlier than what we anticipated.

Ship experiences

Food and Dining

5 out of 5
Everything was very good. The selection was just right. Food was served at the right temperature.

Onboard Activities

4 out of 5


4 out of 5
We were usually too tired to appreciate any entertainment. The classical group I did hear was lovely, but that was in the afternoon.

Service and Staff

5 out of 5
All of the staff went above and beyond. We had numerous requests due to medical issues. They took care of everything with a pleasant response.

Ship Quality

5 out of 5

Cabin / Stateroom

5 out of 5

Ship tip

We had never been on a river cruise before. For us it was probably once in a lifetime and was costly. We depended on reviews and the stops that were available. Avalon met all of our needs.

Ports of call

Paris, France

5 out of 5
We took advantage of the illumination tour, city bus tour, and Monmartre tour which we added later. The illumination tour was by far a delight at the Effiel Tower. I felt like I was ten years old. The city bus tour was good since my husband and I would be spending four days in Paris at the end of our cruise. We were able to access the lay of the land. Montmartre was made very easy to get to. Since we have some mobility issues the tour worked well for us.

Vernon, France

5 out of 5
Chateau de Bizy was very entertaining. Our highlight was when one of our fellow shipmates played the piano beautifully in the music room.

Caudebec (Normandy Beaches), France

5 out of 5
The tour itself was very educational and moving. We realize you can't do everything, but we fit as much in as we could going to the American cementary and the museum. The lunch break was extremely well organized. The tour guide made sure there was enough commentary on the ride, but also allowed for a rest period. It was a long day, but a lovely day.

Rouen, France

4 out of 5
I was excited to visit this city and was under the impression we had the entire day here. Unfortunately we had to back at the ship by noon and left. This was the one place where there were many restaurants and shops and couldn't take advantage of it.

Conflans Ste Honorine, France

5 out of 5
We choose to visit Maimaison and thought the tour was very interesting. Having read a bit about Napolean and Josephine I was very excited to visit.


5 out of 5
The staff made if very easy for us being one of the last to disembark. The taxi arrived promptly and we continued our visit in Paris immediately.

Traveler Photos

Joan of Arc Cathedral Side Street Chateau de Bizy Beach Malmaison Effiel Tower
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